Property Disclosure Reports

Resource Protection Area -- FAQ

What is a Resource Protection Area?
RPAs are areas of land near a stream. They are stream buffers, which help protect the water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
What does the residential property disclosure statement say?
The owner makes no representations with respect to whether the property contains any resource protection areas established in an ordinance implementing the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (62.1-44.15:67 et seq.) adopted by the locality where the property is located pursuant to 62.1-44.15:74, and purchasers are advised to exercise whatever due diligence a particular purchaser deems necessary to determine whether the provisions of any such ordinance affect the property, including review of any official map adopted by the locality depicting resource protection areas, in accordance with terms and conditions as may be contained in the real estate purchase contract, but in any event, prior to settlement pursuant to such contract.
Why is this information important?
Before buying a home, buyers are advised to find out whether the home is located in a Resource Protection Area (RPA). If the home is in a RPA, there are activities that are not permitted such as clear cutting trees, filling and grading activities, and establishing lawns.